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The aim of the ANSN cu rriculum-
planning action-research hub is to provide
the support and action-research method-
ology and frameworks that teachers need
in order to develop a deeper understand-
ing of the process of planning curriculum.
Teachers learn to become leaders of learn-
ing, not only leaders of schools, other teach-
ers and students.
Taking learning outside the school walls
isn't new, nor is it a 'one size fits all' initia-
tive, but it does offer teachers and school
leaders a way to provide new curriculum
opportunities for all students. 'Breaking
down the walls' is about more than schools
looking out to communities and communi-
ties looking in to schools; it's about disman-
tling frameworks and replacing them with
authentic, engaging and motivating ways to
learn with the support of the rich resources
that sit outside of the traditional school and
teaching workforce. T
Gavin Grift has worked extensively as a
classroom teacher, assistant principal and
educational consultant, and led a team of
teache rs in the development of an online
curriculum planning process currently
being used by primary and secondary
schools throughout Victoria. He works in
partnership with the Australian Nation al
Schools Network in the areas of curricu -
lum design and cognitive coaching. He is
coauthor with Jane Satchwell of Assessing
the Whole Child: How to create powerful
portfolios and student-led conferences,
published in 2007 by Hawker Brownlow.
He is the Director of the Association of
Innovation in Education.
Pearson, P.D. & Gallagher, M.C . (1983).
The instruction of reading compre -
hension. Contemporary Educational
Psychology. 8: 317- 44.
For more inform ation about 'Curriculum
Design -- Breaking Down the Walls' and
the Australian National Schools Network,
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